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The Analytical Micro-Macro Relationship in Social Science and Its Implications for the Individualism-Holism Debate
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
Number of Authors: 12018 (English)In: Philosophy of the social sciences, ISSN 0048-3931, E-ISSN 1552-7441, Vol. 48, no 5, p. 474-500Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article argues that the tradition within the individualism-holism debate of importing arguments from the micro-macro discussion in other disciplines (e.g., philosophy of mind and philosophy of biology) significantly has hampered our understanding of the individual-social relationship. While, for example, the neural-mental and atomic-molecular links represent empirical gives rise to relationships, in the social sciences the micro-macro link is a purely analytical qualifies as type of relationship. This disanalogy is important, since it has significant implications for the individualism-holism debate: (a) it implies a phenomenally monist social ontology and (b) it disqualifies the notion of social macro causation.

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2018. Vol. 48, no 5, p. 474-500
Keywords [en]
micro-macro relationship, individualism-holism debate, macro causation, social ontology, methodological individualism, nonreductive individualism
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-160050DOI: 10.1177/0048393118789793ISI: 000441605100002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-160050DiVA, id: diva2:1255308
Available from: 2018-10-11 Created: 2018-10-11 Last updated: 2018-10-11Bibliographically approved

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